The towns of Lamont and Arvin have long been population centers for the southern valley. Agriculture and related business were, and currently are, the primary industries located in the Lamont response area. In recent months, several large solar fields have been installed in the area, making clean, renewable energy. In 1960 the City of Arvin incorporated and formed its own police department. The township of Lamont remains unincorporated.
The Lamont Substation’s response area includes a vast and isolated agricultural area, remote business locations, and the unincorporated township of Lamont. The Lamont Substation is responsible for providing law enforcement services to approximately 15,000 residents and businesses located throughout an 840 square mile area. This also includes the growing area of the Tejon Ranch, including the Outlets at Tejon retail shopping center.
The Lamont Substation is also responsible for the security of the Kern County Superior Court-Arvin/Lamont/Taft Branch, which includes protection of judicial officers and court staff, the safety of court visitors and the security of inmates in the Court Holding Unit. The Lamont Substation also operates a Temporary Holding Facility in the same complex.
The Lamont Substation is authorized 1 Sergeant, 3 Senior Deputies, 20 Deputy Sheriffs, and 2 Sheriff Support Technicians. The substation is also supplemented with an active Citizen Service Unit.
The Lamont Substation is and has historically been the busiest substation in the entire county. Narcotic/gang-related criminal activity and graffiti is ongoing. The Lamont Substation has been proactive and aggressive in their response to this activity through a variety of ways.
A large portion of the Lamont Substation jurisdiction consists of farming and ranching communities who experience rural industrial thefts. As a result, patrol deputies work closely with the sheriff’s Rural Crime Investigation Unit in order to prevent and deter agricultural, livestock and oilfield related crimes. Lamont Substation deputies also have a close working relationship with Arvin Police, Kern High School District Police and the California Highway Patrol.
With its vast geographic area, the Lamont Substation offers deputies the chance to be fully integrated into community oriented policing and working in partnership with the communities they serve.